Earth Day Celebrated In Central KY

Making our environment a better, cleaner place to live, that's what millions around the world are doing Monday as we observe Earth Day.

Many activities are taking place right here in the bluegrass.

At the Coca-Cola plant on Leestown road, officials held a groundbreaking for a new rain garden. It is designed to catch the runoff from parking lots. There are plans for 210 similar rain gardens to be put in around the city of Lexington before the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Workers at Kentucky Utilities celebrated Earth Day by handing out 15,000 red bud seedlings to people who stopped by.

Earth Day was founded by peace activist John McConnell back in 1969. He hoped it would inspire awareness of and appreciation for the environment.


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  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Apr 23, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    How come environmentalist never talk about the CFL light bulbs containing toxic mercury? You have to treat them as toxic waste if they break. And they are to be disposed of sealed in plastic and taken to a state regulated toxic waste facility. I doubt people have been doing this since there are no current laws regulating their disposal in Kentucky.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Apr 23, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    I celebrated Earth Day by filling my gas tank with $3.59 a gallon gasoline. Unfortunately events like Earth Day are gonna push prices for energy ever higher. Earthers have pushed legislation thats effectively blocks our own domestic energy sources. No Nukes, No coal, No oil..but we can have solar panels and wind farms. Only thing about solar and wind is it is not cost effective and takes tremendous amount of land or areas off shore that also impact the environment. We have found the enemy and we is them.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 23, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    if more people would get involved in projects like this to help the world an our environment it would be a better place an more healther for our kids as they get older but people just live for today giving no care about tomorrow or the future but look at the world today it cant last much longer at this rate
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Apr 23, 2008 at 03:52 AM
    It's day 8 commuting by bicycle for me. Soccer moms in thier tanks are a bigger threat than dogs. I also use cfl's, those Al Gore light bulbs. I care about the environment, the one in my wallet. Vote republican.
  • by Lloyd Location: Hazard, Ky on Apr 22, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    I was disappointed to see and hear the onesided view for mountain top removal mining. I think you should look at the good things it has done for all of us in Eastern Ky. We have shopping centers, hospitals, factories and airports built on those sites. We have an abundance of wildlife that has not been in this area for ages because of the reclamation done to these sites. Please when you do a story show both sides. We have enough problems in this world because of these views.
  • by steve on Apr 22, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    Yea i cut some trees down in my yard god how stupid is the world getting Duh?
  • by jane Location: ky on Apr 22, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    I've seen some ideas on tv today for making your footprint on the earth smaller. However, they are some pretty small steps. Here are a few ideas that make a bigger difference. 1. Slow down. This was a big deal during the last oil crisis. Slowing down 10 mph will probably help more than buying a hybrid. Plus it will save wear and tear on your car, your nerves and the nerves of fellow drivers. 2. Move closer to work or take a job closer to home. If you can get close enough to walk, you'll lose weight as well as saving money and cleaning up the environment. 3. Grow a victory garden. Vegetables grown in your backyard don't have to be shipped at all. They don't require the Colorado river to be piped over the Rockies to grow your produce in the desert. They take up lawn so you have less grass to mow. They cut down on your trips to the store. They improve your diet and they help take stress off the world food supply.

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